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Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten)
The tide is in and a small fishing boat is out at sea, while the bright morning sunshine lights the cliffs.

Flamborough Head, Yorkshire:‘North Landing, early morning’

Now this is one of my favourite places: Flamborough Head

I intend to paint here a lot, because I know the site well, and know where there are views to paint. It's also reasonably easy to access.

Though I'm waiting for a lighter Plein‑air painting box to arrive, before I attempt to haul my painting kit down into the coves… and then back up again!

This was painted very early one morning at North Landing. I was intent on getting a lot of plein air painting done that day, mainly at another location near‑by.

I'd decided to include this bay on the coast as my first painting of the day. So I set off before the sun was up, and arrived by 6:30am.

The only other souls about were a lone runner heading South round the cliff tops, a couple of early bird dog walkers, and a bird watcher.

original plein‑air painting

  • Artwork Size: 25.4 x 35.6 cm (10 x 14 ins)
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas panel
  • Frame: Yes, available without

Though the light was bright, there was a lot of cloud collecting to the South, increasingly shrouding the sun. I had to work quickly because there was a very particular warm early morning light illuminating the cliffs.

It was adding an beautiful nuance to the surface of the sea, which was rapidly disappearing. It was worth the early rise to catch it.

I'm often drawn tothe coast. It features strongly in my landscape art collection.

A linocut limited edition print of the Flamborough Head (new) Lighthouse in the next cove along, sold out quite quickly. Perhaps helped by the popularity of this unique area – the only chalk cliffs in the North of the UK, I understand.